If you are going to paint the exterior of your house, you will want to make sure you have the appropriate list of supplies. Following is a list of some of the items that you might want to consider having handy:
- Canvas Dropsheets
- Painters Plastic, Utility Knife, and painter’s tape.
Decide what thickness of plastic you need. Thin mil works well to cover windows, doors, etc, but you may want more heavy duty plastic to cover areas you may be walking over, for example.
Masking Paper, Masking Paper Dispenser, and tape(if desired)
Spray Shield(if you are going to spray)
- Garden Hose.
- TSP/BLEACH or House Wash Solution
- Scrub Brush
- Extension Poles
- 5 in 1 Tool – (Can be used to scrape, used as leverage(help get a window open), clean excess paint off a roller, putty knife in some instances, open paint cans, screwdriver in a pinch, and probably a million other uses I’m not thinking of).
- Sand Paper – several grits, so that you can sand, then feather sand with finer grit sandpaper.
- Caulk Gun
- Tubes of Caulk
- Rags(during prepwork, it is a good idea to have a wet rag with you, to clean up messes, smooth caulk, wipe off dirt that accumulated after the powerwash, etc)
- Window Glazing(if needed)
- Putties, Compounds, Plasters, Cement Patches, Wood Fillers, Stucco Patches, etc as needed.
- Putty/drywall knives and tools.
- Phillips Head and Flathead Screwdrivers.
- Plastic Bags and Sharpie to label stuff(like hardware, screws, etc)
- Trash Bags.
- Tape and Sharpie to label more stuff(like Shutters if removed from the house).
- Strainer Bags( to strain your paint and make sure there is no “trash” in it)
- Extra, Empty 5 gallon and 1 gallon buckets. It is important to “box” your paint, meaning if you have three 1 gallon cans, mix them all together so that minor variations in the can’s don’t come back to haunt you later.
- Wire Brush – scrape rust off metal, prep rough cut wood, like Cedar, clean brushes, clean spills, etc
- Extension Cords – Make your life easier and the job look better with Belt Sanders and orbiting handheld sanders.
- Electric Sanding Tools.
- A Toothbrush (to clean your sprayer’s tip at the end of the day, or if it gums up during the day)
- Grids for inside of buckets ( 5 gallon and 1 gallon)
The appropriate roller cages and naps:
ie: 9″ or 18″ roller frames and naps,
4″ or 6″ Whiz rollers and naps
The appropriate brushes:
Flat or Angled Brushes, the right size and the right kind of bristles.
Small artistic brushes for hard to reach areas and difficult areas to cut a straight line.
Appropriate thinners, if needed, include:
- Mineral Spirits
- Denatured Alcohol
You will likely also want:
- Goof Off – if needed.
- Razor Blades, if needed.
- Paint Conditioner
- Red-Oxide for Rust
- Oil Stain Blocking for Water Stains, etc
- Oil, Acrylic, or Shellac depending on the situation
And last, but not least, don’t forget the most important part: Paint!